Grendon International Research, the manager of this website, has published two reference works on gold bars and refiners:
- The Industry Catalogue of Gold Bars Worldwide (1998)
- Gold Refiners & Bars Worldwide (1991)
Both were published with the support of the World Gold Council and corporate sponsors.
These reference works - the only ones of their kind - provide information on cast and minted bars manufactured by almost all accredited refiners since the formal abandonment of the Gold Standard in 1971 until the 1990s.
Over this period, many countries liberalized their national gold markets so that gold bars could be traded and owned. This led to a surge in the manufacture of small bars worldwide. Previously, in most countries, only gold coins could be owned.
How to order
If you wish to obtain these "benchmark" publications, which also contain photographs of more than 300 bars no longer made but still in circulation, they can be ordered through the GIR website: www.grendon.com.au
The Industry Catalogue of Gold Bars Worldwide (1998)
By Nigel Desebrock. Information on more than 700 bars, grouped by bar categories, from 100 entities in 28 countries. 950 colour photographs and illustrations. Published in 1998. 344 pages. Price: Australian $295 including courier delivery.
"With its comprehensive treatment .. This volume should find a place on the book shelf of anyone interested in the gold business." GFMS Limited, London
Gold Refiners & Bars Worldwide (1991)
By Nigel Desebrock. Information on the background, products and services of 50 gold refiners accredited to the LBMA, COMEX and TOCOM. Includes articles by independent experts on all gold-related product categories and services. Still acts as a standard reference work on the activity of refiners. 1,000 photographs and illustrations. Published in 1991. 476 pages. Price: Australian $295 including courier delivery.
"A massive undertaking ... A job superbly well done." Chamber of Mines of South Africa
GIR has also published the only comprehensive reference work on ounce-denominated gold bullion coins in circulation over the period 1967-1999.
The Industry Catalogue of Gold Bullion Coins (1999)
By Nigel Desebrock. Comprehensive information, history and analysis of bullion coins (1 kilo to 1/25 oz), issued at low premiums above the value of their gold content by 10 leading mints, notably the Austrian Mint, China Gold Coin Incorporated, The Perth Mint, Mexican Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, South African Mint and the United States Mint. Sections on each bullion coin range from 15-60 pages, and include 90 historical gold investment advertisements. 400 photographs and illustrations. Published in 1999. 380 pages. Price: Australian $295 including courier delivery.
"An essential reference work for all companies directly involved in the gold bullion coin business." World Gold Council